First Church Congregational in Methuen Supplies Clothes and Backpacks to Local Area Children
by Rev. Vicki S. Keene, Interim Pastor, First Church Congregational, Methuen
There are many children who cannot afford to go back-to-school shopping at the mall each fall, so this year the First Congregational Church of Methuen brought the mall to them. What began as an idea over a cup of coffee flourished into a community-wide effort to provide new back-to-school outfits and backpacks to 150 children in Methuen.
First Church Congregational, UCC in Methuen (FCC), partnered with the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc. a local non-profit dedicated to improving the economic and educational levels of low to moderate income residents of Methuen, to bring to fruition a joyous and spectacular shopping day for area children.
FCC's Outreach Committee, under the leadership of Cynthia Causbie, began by seeking volunteers to apply for grants and to approach local businesses and institutions in an effort to raise the estimated $9,000 needed to provide new jeans, tee shirts, sweatshirt hoodies, underwear, socks, sneakers, backpacks and age-appropriate school supplies for 150 children. Another team was assembled to visit and measure the children for sizes. Armed with a list of sizes by gender, the Back-to-School Committee went to work to organize shoppers who were aggressive bargain hunters and who would not hesitate to inquire on discounts.
All smiles after a back-to-school shopping day at First Church Congregational
Users of this website are invited to post comments in response to news articles and blog posts published here. In order to maintain a respectful community, we insist that comments be polite, respectful and tolerant of opposing viewpoints. We reserve the right to remove comments that are hostile, hateful or abusive to others, or that constitute personal attacks. In the interest of transparency, we highly recommend that users comment using their full names. For those who feel a need for more anonymity, however, we will allow posts using first names and last initial.